Mission: NICASA empowers and promotes healthy lifestyles to prevent and treat substance abuse, addiction and other risky behavior.

Nicasa Nfp is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1967, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.nicasa.org

 31979 N FISH LAKE RD
Round Lake IL 60073-9517



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Nicasa Nfp is a passing score

This V4 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

78.06%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

21/21 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Audited

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$250,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $250,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

36.65%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



BRUCE N JOHNSON, CEO

$137,627


LINDA SNELTEN, COO

$108,537


JAVIER ALONSO, DIRECTOR

$0


STEPHEN DOWN, DIRECTOR

$0


VALERY GALLAGHER, DIRECTOR

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Other health services (BMF activity code: 179)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Nicasa Nfp reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Nicasa remained open and operational all throughout the Stay-at-Home order in IL. In order to do so, the organization quickly converted all services to a telehealth format, which resulted in an extreme amount of immediate technology costs (everything from devices to wiring and software to network updgrades). Additionally, many people were losing their insurance and became unable to pay for services, but the organization never discharges due to the inability to pay. Our residential recovery home was placed on a hold for new residents, which was to keep the congregate setting safe, but this resulted in a low census that was then not covered financially by the state or other referring provider sources. Lastly, fundraising decreased and Nicasa was forced to cancel its annual golf fundraising event for 2 consecutive fiscal years. Fortunately, we were able to receive the PPP loan to keep as many staff employed as possible.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

All programs were converted to a HIPAA-compliant, telehealth format. Only 1 program was forced to close, which was our after-school prevention programming, as it requires to be performed on the property of a school and in conjunction with teachers. All of this became impossible once schools went virtual for the entire year.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

All of our services were converted to a telehealth format. Clients were instructed on how to use the video software platform, and for those without technology or who lost their access to care, we also provided some minimal computer stations from which clients could access their services. This is the first time in history that many of these behavioral health services were allowed to be provided virtually per the state's rules and regulations.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

As long as the state permits the use of telehealth, Nicasa will continue to use this as a format of treatment provision. Virtual services are extremely helpful for those who are undocumented and fearful to leave their homes, people without childcare and/or transportation, disabled individuals, and those who are experiencing overwhelming symptoms.


...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Nicasa Nfp cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.


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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Nicasa Nfp reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$2,442,282

Spent in most recent FY

49%

Percent of program expenses


Substance abuse treatment


$558,441

Spent in most recent FY

11%

Percent of program expenses


Prevention services including community education and public awareness


$429,116

Spent in most recent FY

8%

Percent of program expenses


Residential facility as a half way house for alcohol and substance abusers seeking a return to normal life


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Nicasa Nfp is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Transforming one life at a time through our behavioral and social health services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Strengthen the communities we serve by being the premier behavioral and social health services provider.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Create an Endowment Fund.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Two: Revise staff retention strategies annually.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Three: Provide for the recruitment, development, and succession of board members, as well as promote a diverse and inclusive organization.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Nicasa has supported and paid for trainings for nonprofit management and a leadership cohort for the Director of Philanthropy to attend.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Nicasa has over 55 years of strategic partnerships and collaborations throughout Lake County. Currently it holds a collaborative grant with PADS Lake County to provide housing and behavioral health care to adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health challenges. Nicasa has presented at local and national conferences on substance abuse, mental health, problem gambling, criminal justice, and more. Nicasa created a substance abuse and delinquency coalition for youth (Mundelein STAND-UP Task Force) over 10 years ago and recently created a new one in Wauconda/Island Lake, IL (both federally funded). We participate in various networks, including the IL Assoc. of Behavioral Health and the National Council on Problem Gambling. We run active social media and e-mail marketing to promote awareness of our mission and cause. While no lobbying activities take place, Nicasa will give input on local policies and any potential impacts that they could have from a social service standpoint.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


The largest external change in the last year was virtual services and remote work. While Nicasa remained open and operational throughout the pandemic, all services were required to be converted to a telehealth format. This was new for both our staff and clients and took some time to learn. Additionally, as clients were losing employment and were forced to stay at home, they too were struggling with overwhelming symptoms, no safe and private spaces for participation in their services, a loss of insurance coverage, and losing their access to technology that was up-to-date or a device in general. To accommodate some of these challenges, Nicasa offered very limited, and safe, in-person services, as well as a space for client to use technology in order to access their care with us via telehealth. On the other end of the virtual spectrum was remote work for the staff. To ensure safety of all employees across 8 locations, changes were made to allow some staff to work remotely. Being a "people business" this was a major change for us as it had never been done before. Fortunately, for those who were able to work remotely, this was a positive option that allowed Nicasa to ensure everyone's safety while continuing to provide life-saving care. This increased not only essential care for those in need, but also helped with our staff retention.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Nicasa Nfp is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

Our staff, Our board


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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